Squad hand out presents at QA Hospital and Naomi House
Pompey have been spreading plenty of festive cheer with a visit to QA Hospital.
The entire first team squad and coaching staff – along with Nelson – turned out to meet patients, hand out presents and pose for photographs.
Several of the players also got into the Christmas spirit by taking part in a competitive game of boccia.
Midfielder Carl Baker said: “It’s difficult to see the children who are aren’t feeling so well, but it’s great that we’re able to come down and cheer them up.
“The lads all look forward to the visit and it’s the least we can do – especially because a lot of them are Pompey fans.
“I’m a parent myself and it’s tough to see sick kids around the same age as your own. It doesn’t feel fair at this time of year.
“But some of them seem to be getting a bit better and hopefully they’ll be home in time for Christmas.”
Defender Jack Whatmough added: “It’s important for us to do this, especially because some of the kids might still be here over Christmas. We’ve tried to put a smile on their faces.
“A lot of the people we’ve met are Pompey fans who show us a lot of support, so it’s nice to be able to support them.”
The previous day saw Matt Clarke and Gareth Evans – along with coaches Leam Richardson and Robbie Blake – visit Naomi House and Jacksplace children’s hospices in Winchester.
Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank Tesco Fratton, Eric Coleborn and Gemma Raggett for their kind donation of presents.